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Excellent advice from Erik Hare.

Originally posted on Barataria - The work of Erik Hare:

Long ago in a High School far away, we were all taught how to write a formal business letter. It included the date, return address, and all the pertinent information needed to either file it away or write a reply. It also had a standard format, not terribly different from the standard five paragraph theme.

Today, everything is done in email. Everything. The sorting and replying are automatic, the formality is limited, and the attention span of the reader is probably short. What is the right format for a formal email to a client or prospective employer?

There is no right answer. I have been asked this by many clients over the years, and I have my own format that seems to work. If you have your own, please share with us and let’s see what we all come up with.

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I collect music reviews because I’m not a writer.

I write proficiently with a decent employment of commas and parallel construction. I’m not, however, an evocative storyteller like Jim Walsh (City Pages, Minnpost, etc.), Caryn Rose (Billboard), or  Steven Hyden (Grantland)…or Paul Westerberg, for that matter.

I collect music reviews because I can’t write with the passion and sensuality these writers do. My review of Saturday’s nights Replacements show:  “It was awesome! I’m so glad I went.” doesn’t cut it. (I could have, at least, used sublime instead of the over-used awesome.)

I collect music reviews so I can find the words to say just how incredible Saturday night’s show was. They played Skyway, after all.

I collect music reviews so I can Tweet them to my nephews in New York to say, “You have to go to this show!”

Best, Most Authentic, Real, and Evocative Replacement Reviews

See last year’s blog post for the 2013 Riot Fest reviews.

Caryn Rose on Jukeboxgraduate.com

They came wearing matching plaid suits, all four of them. Of course they are, said every single person in Midway Stadium, many of whom were wearing some collision of plaid in tribute themselves. (I still evaluate plaids in my head as “‘Mats plaid” or not.) This is the kind of thing that will only make sense to you if you know this band. If you do not know this band, it is not anything I can explain. And that sentence explains Replacements fandom in a nutshell; there are no half-fans of the Replacements. You love them or you hate them; you get them or you don’t. It has always been this way, and I am personally glad that it is still like this. (I’m looking at you, Coachella.)

And follow her on Twitter, she’s amazingly funny (and prolific):

Chris Riemenschneider on StarTribune.com

There was a Minnesotanness to the entire proceedings. Wearing matching plaid suits that harked back to their goofy attire of old, the band walked out to the giddy sounds of the Trashmen’s “Surfin’ Bird” coming out of the speakers. They brought out another Minneapolis music legend of the ’60s, harmonica ace Tony Glover — “a real musician,” as frontman Paul Westerberg introduced him — for a surprisingly taut blues jam through Jimmy Reed’s “Going to New York.”

Best and most Minne-centric of all, they dug in and went to work. Instead of the messy, black-eyed, get-a-noseful shows of old, this one was more nose-to-the-grindstone. The oddest thing about Saturday’s 1¾-hour set might have been how little oddball behavior there was.

Andrea Swensson on blog.thecurrent.org

And then there was the double-encore, a pure ice-cream-sundae-with-cherry-on-top finale for all those fans who’ve waited years to see them perform again. Paul began the encore solo with “Skyway” on a 12-string guitar, then brought out the band for “”Left of the Dial,” “Alex Chilton,” and a second encore of the ultimate underdog anthem “Unsatisfied.”

“Thanks for that,” Westerberg said shortly before “Unsatisfied,” then ended the song by hugging Stinson and walking off stage arm-in-arm. Really, what more needed to be said?

 

And two more I just found with insert-your-favorite-adjective photos:

 

Dear everyone I’ve ever known. See you tonight at the Replacements!

— Steve Nelson (@stevenelsonmn) September 13, 2014

 

A Westerberg @StPaulSaints jersey?! Take my money, please. 💰 #MatsMidway

— Brett Baldwin (@brettish) September 14, 2014

 

I saw the replacements!! I saw @TheReplacements !!

— Samm (@velvethursday) September 14, 2014

 

Alex Chilton: 1st Mats song I ever heard. It was ’87. I was 13. I’M DYING! #iminlovewhatsthatsong

— Jacquie Fuller (@JacquieFuller) September 14, 2014

 

There are exactly 4 Portapotties outside Midway for the Replacements concert.

— Maria Reeve (@mdougreeve) September 13, 2014

 

I’m going to predict that tonight I will see more adult men simultaneously cry then at any point in my life. @TheReplacements

— jmcgnn (@jmcgnn) September 13, 2014

 

Panoramats. #MatsMidwaypic.twitter.com/OUNT4QWHvy

— C. Riemenschneider (@ChrisRstrib) September 14, 2014

 

I still get to see “Transmissions” Flaming Lips & J Roddy Walston over next 2 nights. Maybe I should’ve skipped last night & rested up.

— C. Riemenschneider (@ChrisRstrib) September 14, 2014

 

Me: “Why am I not as crazy for The Replacements as others?” Wife: “They didn’t burrow under your skin when you were 16 to stay forever.”

— John Moe (@johnmoe) September 14, 2014

 

The 1-2 punch of Androgynous into I Will Dare was such a happy-dance moment. @TheReplacements#MatsMidway

— Ali Lozoff (@AliLozoff) September 14, 2014

 

Allowed: Waxed-up hair, painted shoes. Disallowed: coolers, trouble. More ins and outs of tonight’s #MatsMidway show: http://t.co/tfDAaUYTlz

— TheCurrent (@TheCurrent) September 13, 2014

 

This photo is at least 60% male pattern baldness. #thereplacementspic.twitter.com/FTFQ3mMam6

— Tambre Massman (@TamboMcambo) September 1, 2014

 

As a public service, you have until noon CDT to get the Replacements tweets out of your system. After that, you will be answered w/cat pics.

— Uriah Deep (@SteveWalsh3) September 14, 2014

 

The over/under for instances of spontaneous human combustion at tonight’s @TheReplacements show is four. Bet the over.

— Dominick Washington (@dawashington) September 13, 2014

 

They hugged. They left. #TheReplacements

— Sara Kerr (@Saralitta) September 14, 2014

Before I attended college I was shy and studious. Seriously. Nothing scared me more than speaking in front of a group. God help me if I had to use a microphone. That all changed when I joined my college radio station and gleefully stapled my FCC license to the station ceiling.

I poured over every page of CMJ (College Music Journal) and often drove to the cities to catch a show at First Avenue. When I DJ’d, there was no Internet of Things. We passed around mixed tapes, musical knowledge, and concert bootlegs like snapchats. Content Marketing for college radio bands meant free tickets and records in the mail (e.g. sampling). If I went to a concert, I always played the band on my show. The marketing of the time worked. Now, I just follow my favorite bands on Instagram and Twitter.

Photo courtesy of KUMM Morris (http://www.kumm.org/)

Photo courtesy of KUMM Morris (http://www.kumm.org/)

College radio was the best thing I did in college.

As a professor, I should really say, “Go to class, listen attentively, and think critically.” So do those things first, but then join your college radio station.

Nothing in college compared to hosting a radio show at KUMM 89.3 more politely known as the All New U 90 or the U-90 Alternative. The Model UN and Entre Nous  were definite highlights of college and actually prepared me for a successful career in business (see LinkedIn for that) but…radio was fun.

Find Your Voice with Radio

KUMM had a broadcast range of maybe 3 miles (we had a short tower), so I was pretty sure that if I stuttered or mispronounced something no one would hear me. For two hours every week, I played music I loved, announced songs, and begged my friends to call in and request a song. Was I funny and engaging like Mary Lucia? No, but somewhere along the way I stopped whispering and spoke up.

logo-radiohereAt St. Kate’s our station is named Radio Here. Listen and DJ. Contact Professor Joshua Haringa to learn more.

 

Delighted to meet so many wonderful new students.

#FinishingMySyllabi

Okay that’s what I should be doing — 3 down and 1 that’s almost perfect. But I needed a screen break, so I’m sharing my acting debut with you.

I hope you watch it. As videos go it’s a little long at 2 minutes 15 seconds….but it showcases the humor and passion of some of my amazing colleagues:

“Poundsign Get Back to Work” —  Provost, Dr. Colleen Hegranes

“Hashtag Do you have time to chat?” —  COO, Dr. Brian Bruess

“Hashtag Great Minnesota Get Together” —  Vice President, Bea Abdallah

“Hashtag Wiggity Wiggity Wildcats ” —  Athletic Director, Eric Stacey

“Hashtag Sassy Lassie Trivia” — Associate Director of Student Activities, Brigette Marty

Kudos to the St. Kate’s MarComm team for the idea and making back to school hashtag fun.

My acting debut:  376 views

 

A very popular contest at the Irish Fair of Minnesota is the Best Legs in a Kilt contest. Learn more (and enter if you qualify) about this fun event in this student blog excerpt.

Who has the best legs at the Irish Fair of Minnesota?

DSC_2986The Irish Fair of Minnesota offers so many fun activities and shows to watch! They have entertainment for everyone. This is made possible by the many vendors that help sponsor and support this FREE fair!

The Best Legs in a Kilt Contest!

 

img_1One such vendor is the Highland Kilt Company! Although they sell products, they also sponsor the Best Legs in a Kilt Contest. It is a contest hosted by the Irish Music & Dance Association for men of all ages. These men enter the competition for fun. They show off their legs and make the audience laugh. They attract many people to the fair and brings attention to Irish culture as well as Highland Kilt Company’s main product, kilts.

Competition Rules

There are 6 different categories for the men to be judged in:

  • Best Legs in a Kilt
  • Best Distinguished Gentlemen Legs in a Kilt
  • Best Youth Legs in a Kilt
  • Best Chicken Legs in a Kilt
  • Hairiest Legs in a Kilt

Other categories may be added if approved by the contest organizers. The category must be added prior to the entry deadline, which is Saturday, August 9th, 2014 this year. The prize for the winner in each category is a sash, the title and bragging rights. The compete:

  • You must be male
  • Wear a tartan or contemporary style kilt
  • Your act must be family friendly, meaning no explicit or offensive material and no dangerous weapons
  • NO late entries. So, sign up by Saturday, Aug. 9th,2014
  • the decision is made by a panel of judges for each category

Find more information about the Rules here. This is a popular contest that everyone can have fun with! Its fun entertainment!

Shop Kilts at the Fair

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The Highland Kilt Company goes to many different Irish fairs across the nation hosting the Best Legs in a Kilt Contest.  Their product, kilts and other accessories, are represented in a fun and attractive way in this contest. The Highland Kilt Company can be found selling kilts and accessories at the newly expanded Irish Fair of Minnesota Marketplace!

You can also find them at their website and on Facebook!

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